Posts Tagged ‘Leadership

08
Feb
18

The Chief Shepherd

Peter encourages elders to be shepherds over God’s flock who lead well. They are to lead like Jesus, whom Peter describes as the Chief Shepherd. This is what Peter wrote:

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. – 1 Peter 5:4 (NIV)

There is a reward for elders who lead well. Being an elder for a congregation is a tough job. The New Testament says that elders who teach will be judged more strictly. This is why the Scriptures say that an elder is worthy of double honor. Elders are to reflect the leadership of Jesus. He was humble. He had the heart of a servant, even though He was Lord of all. If anyone could have lorded His leadership over everyone, it was Jesus. Yet He didn’t. He served people instead of subjugating them. He sacrificed for people instead of demanding that they serve Him. The elders of a congregation need to look like the Chief Shepherd so that when He returns they will receive the reward that is due them.
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29
Mar
17

Working For The Master

Good Wednesday morning to you! Bob Dylan sang about how everybody has to serve somebody. We all work for someone, even our bosses. In Colossians 4:1, Paul says:

Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven. – Colossians 4:1 (NIV)

We​ all answer to someone, therefore we need to be just and impartial to those who work for us. ​If you’re a foreman, a boss or a manager, how do you treat the people under you? If you’re a supervisor, how would the people whom you supervise describe you? If you’re in a leadership position, how are you treating those whom you lead? We all have to answer to someone and His name is Jesus. We need to do what is right by the people under our leadership for that is how Jesus treats us. He will judge us by how we treat those who are under our guidance and leadership.

 

28
Dec
15

Leaders Who Lead Well

Micah 3:5-12 (NIV)
 

This is what the Lord says:

“As for the prophets
    who lead my people astray,
they proclaim ‘peace’
    if they have something to eat,
but prepare to wage war against anyone
    who refuses to feed them.
Therefore night will come over you, without visions,
    and darkness, without divination.
The sun will set for the prophets,
    and the day will go dark for them.
The seers will be ashamed
    and the diviners disgraced.
They will all cover their faces
    because there is no answer from God.”
But as for me, I am filled with power,
    with the Spirit of the Lord,
    and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression,
    to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of Israel,
who despise justice
    and distort all that is right;
10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
    and Jerusalem with wickedness.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,
    her priests teach for a price,
    and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,
    “Is not the Lord among us?
    No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you,
    Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
    the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

Success is not always an indicator of God’s presence.  One of my greatest fears of leadership in God’s church is success for the wrong reasons.  I fear being so far off course that God throws His hands up in the air and says, “Just do what you want.  I’m outta here!”  I want to reach as many people with the good news of Jesus Christ, but I want to do it in the right way and with the power of the Holy Spirit working in the leadership of our church.
​Micah was ​speaking on God’s behalf against the false teachers and false prophets of Israel.  They were getting rich off of the people.  The prophets were enjoying success, but God was not in it.  They were neglecting God’s people and were leading them astray.  The leaders of Israel were corrupt and the prophets were too.  Micah said that they were looking for the Lord’s support and said, “Is not the Lord among us?  No disaster will come upon us” (Micah 3:11, NIV).  Just when things were going well, God was pronouncing judgment on Judah.  Jerusalem was going to be laid waste.  Calamity and disaster were indeed coming on God’s people because of the sin of their leaders.  
God’s people still need leaders who will lead well.  They need leaders who have integrity.  They need leaders who care about them.  They need leaders who are compassionate and merciful.  They need leaders who love Jesus and love people.  Then the success that they desire will be from the Lord and not of their own doing.
 
PRAYER: Raise up leaders, O God, for Your church who will lead well that we might reach the masses who don’t know You.  May the leaders of Your church be committed to loving Jesus and loving the people under their care.  Thank You for the leaders in Your church who lead well.  Bless them and their families in Jesus’ name, amen.
04
Feb
15

Honor and Respect Your Church Leaders

Being a preacher or an elder is a tough job.  This is why Paul tells Timothy:

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. ​- 1 Timothy 5:17 (NIV)​

But what does that mean?  I think it means a couple of things.  First, it means that elders and preachers who do their job well deserve respect.  God has given them the authority to lead in His church.  God, who directs all things in the church, has given the authority for leadership in local congregations to the elders, including those who preach and teach.  When the elders do a good job of shepherding the flock and leading the church, they should have the respect and trust of the church family.  Second guessing the every decision those in leadership make leads to very long days and nights for church leaders.  Honor your elders and leaders by respecting them and trusting them.  They have invested themselves in God’s Kingdom through study and prayer and those who do their job well deserve to be honored.
Secondly, I think that those who have given themselves to serving the Lord by serving the church in full-time Christian service should be compensated well.  Granted, I could be accused of having a conflict of interest here, but I really do believe that this is what Paul is telling Timothy here toward the end of chapter 5.  I have always been taken care of by the churches I have served.  I will not complain about compensation because I know that God is the One who provides for my needs.  I have yet to miss a meal or not have clothing for my child because a church did not provide adequate compensation.  I thank God for the elders I have served with through the past nearly 18 years of ministry.  They have taken such good care of me and my family.  I believe that I have a responsibility to God and to His people to do my best and earn the compensation I receive rather than to expect or demand that I be paid well for laziness or half-hearted effort.
Take good care of your elders and your preachers.  It’s a tough job God has called us to, but it is also very rewarding.  May God bless the elders and preachers who serve and lead well in His church.
1 Timothy 5:17-21 (NIV)
17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
20
Jan
15

We Need Strong Servant-Leaders

Leadership in the church is serious business.  Elders and deacons are servant leaders called to lead and serve in Christ’s church.  They are to be respected as leaders.  They are to work diligently for the Lord.  Their jobs are vital to the efficient and smooth operation of the church.  The purpose of Jesus’ church is the most important purpose on earth – to make disciples of all nations and to help them follow Jesus in fully-surrendered devotion (Matthew 28:18-20).  Without strong, Biblically-minded servant leaders, the church cannot effectively reach those  lost, wandering souls in need of the Savior.  Our servant leaders are to be held in high regard for their willingness to serve Jesus in the ways that they serve Him.  This is why Paul tells Timothy the following:

Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

​ – 1 Timothy 3:13 (NIV)​
We need strong leaders who will work hard to further the mission of Christ’s church so that the lost will find their way home.  We need servant leaders who understand that the church is not about them, but about helping people follow Jesus.  Thank God for the leaders in your church today and encourage them in their duties that they might not despise their office, but rather fulfill it with joy.
1 Timothy 3:8-13 (NIV)

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

18
Nov
13

Follow The Leader

The sermon from November 17, 2013 at Griffith First Christian Church.

Follow The Leader from Shawn Cornett on Vimeo.

28
Jan
13

Cloud and Fire

When it comes to God’s leadership in our lives, we have to follow Him wherever He leads us.  The Israelites didn’t know where they were going.  All they knew is that they were going to follow God to the place He promised.  That is exactly what God did.  In the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, He led them.

By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. – Exodus 13:21-22 (NIV)

Notice verse 22.  The pillar never left its place in front of the people.  This is important for us to remember when it comes to following the Lord Jesus.  He is leading us to our heavenly home.  He is leading us to the ultimate Promised Land.  There are three options for us:
  1. We can follow behind Him
  2. We can run ahead of Him
  3. We can stray away from Him

Ask yourself this question today, where are you in relation to Jesus?  Are you running ahead of Him?  Then be patient and wait for God’s plan to unfold for your life.  Are you straying away from Him?  Know that it only takes one step of repentance to return to Him.  You can turn back to Him and start following Him again at any point.  Repent from your wandering and follow Him again.  If you are following Him, how closely are you following Him?  Close enough to hear His voice?  Close enough that you keep your eyes on Him and not on the distractions of this world?  Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and follow Him today as He leads us forward into a bright and glorious future!

Exodus 13

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

Consecration of the Firstborn

13 The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal.”

Then Moses said to the people, “Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery, because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand. Eat nothing containing yeast. Today, in the month of Abib, you are leaving. When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites—the land he swore to your forefathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey—you are to observe this ceremony in this month: For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival to the Lord. Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. On that day tell your son, ‘I do this because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that the law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand. 10 You must keep this ordinance at the appointed time year after year.

11 “After the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your forefathers, 12 you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord. 13 Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.

14 “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 15 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.’ 16 And it will be like a sign on your hand and a symbol on your forehead that the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his mighty hand.”

Crossing the Sea

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.  The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.

19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear an oath. He had said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up with you from this place.”

20 After leaving Succoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.




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